Judy Sharp

Judy Sharp

CBC Ballet Mistress & Education Coordinator; UCSD Lecturer in Dance


University of California, San Diego and California Ballet School and Company

Milestones

Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
I was raised in a musical family: Dad/concert master, Mom/pianist. We each played an instrument.
I began taking ballet at the age of 7 from Richard Carter and Nancy Johnson in San Diego.
Once hooked on ballet, piano slid, but I can play a bit still.
I began performing at age 7, with many opportunities at the Civic Theatre until I left for college.
Dad conducted the ballets; I danced; many great ballets under directors Sonia Arova & Thor Sutowski.
Although we performed, I choreographed my first ballet at Indiana University.
Injuries in my mid teens & getting married at 22 caused me to stop performing and focus on teaching.
Returning to San Diego I reconnected, taught, choreographed, grew, and started teaching at UCSD.
Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Ballet
Indiana University-Bloomington
Career

Career

CBC Ballet Mistress & Education Coordinator; UCSD Lecturer in Dance

I teach ballet, choreograph when I have opportunities, and have a variety of jobs for a ballet company.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Non-Profit Organizations
Non-Profit Organizations
Music
Music
Teaching / Mentoring
Teaching / Mentoring

Day to Day

Office = CA Ballet Co; CBS = teaching; CBC has 4 shows/yr (extra theater hrs); UCSD summers OFF. Monday - swim, UCSD 10a-12p, Co office, home 3-5p. Tuesday - walk, UCSD 10a-12p, Co office &/or rehearse, CBS, home 7-8p. Wednesday - walk, UCSD 10a-12p, Co office, rehearse, home 9:30p. Thursday - swim, UCSD 10a-12p, Co office &/or rehearse, home 4-5p. Friday- Pilates, Co class, rehearse, office, CBS, rehearse, home 9:30p. Saturday - walk, 10a office, CBS, rehearse, home 6p. Sunday - walk or Pilates, 10a co class, rehearse, office, home 4p.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Start by teaching young children and adults. Observe, listen, learn. Ask to mentor under someone you admire - a teacher or Arts Manager! Love what you do. Work with people you respect and can have a mutually rich relationship with, in terms of learning from each other.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for professionals

If you are already a dancer, start teaching! Explore choreography whenever and wherever the chance arises. For admin work: Offer to help in a non profit organization to see what is needed to keep it running. You may have skills you could put to good use, from writing to proofing for others, or organizing wardrobe to contacting schools, you never know what you'll be asked to do. Computer skills are a plus especially graphic design.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

undergrad
Bachelor
Dance, General
graduate
Graduate
Arts, Entertainment,and Media Management, General
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"Although I was not gifted with a "perfect ballet body" I was never discouraged from focusing on dancing as well as I could. I knew for myself that I would not be able to get into a big company. My noise was the reality of that."

I was encouraged to go to college to become a more well rounded person. Doing so was definitely the right thing for me. It opened windows to explore other areas of dance, not just performing. I learned I had the ability to teach comfortably and that creating my own pieces was a merging of 2 loves: Music and Dance.

Challenges I Overcame

Personal Trauma
Personal Trauma

I was victim of violence - a one time life threatening incident. Don't hide it - discuss it - accept it - move on. Be optimistic! Treasure the good times and make them happen.